Courses

OL TSTD 102: The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicaryāvatāra) Part Two

The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyāvatāra) is Śāntideva’s classic work on Mahāyāna philosophy. This text teaches the preciousness of bodhicitta, the awakened mind, and explains how to practice generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, and meditation while striving to recognize that awakened mind. Chapter Nine, the Wisdom Chapter, is both a refutation of the philosophical positions of other Indian philosophical schools of the time, and of Buddhist non-Madhyamaka (Middle Way) schools.

OL BCA6: Cultivating Patience - Chapter Six of The Way of the Bodhisattva

The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicaryāvatāra) by Śāntideva teaches the preciousness of bodhicitta, the awakening mind, and explains how to practice generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, meditation, and wisdom while striving to recognize that awakened mind. In The Sixth Chapter, Śāntideva details the crucial importance of the Perfection of Patience in relation to the bodhisattva path of the Mahāyāna, or the Great Vehicle.

OL BCA9: Wisdom - Chapter Nine of The Way of the Bodhisattva

This online course examines Chapter Nine of The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicaryāvatāra) by Śāntideva, which provides an overview and refutation of various Indian philosophical schools, both Buddhist and non-Buddhist, in order to show the primacy of the Madhyamaka view.

OL TA: The Tibetan Alphabet

This short self-study course guides students through learning the Tibetan alphabet. Upon concluding the seven units successfully, students will have gained visual and auditory familiarity with the 30 “letters” and four “vowels” of Tibetan, be able to spell according to the Tibetan spelling system, and read short sentences in Tibetan.

As this is an entry-level course, there is no prerequisite to study. This course is a prerequisite for RYI’s online Introduction to Classical Tibetan course.

OL TLAN 101: Classical Tibetan I

Registration for Online Classical Tibetan 1 for-credit is now closed. Registration for this course will re-open August 1. Registration for the Self-study option is open all year.

OL TLAN 102: Classical Tibetan II

Registration for Online Classical Tibetan 2 for-credit closes on July 13. Self study will remain open throughout the year.

In Classical Tibetan II, students will continue with an introduction to the classical Tibetan language and its grammar, and gain more experience and confidence reading and understanding classical Tibetan texts. After completing this course, successful students will be able to approach Tibetan texts by themselves with confidence.

CLAN 101: Buddhist Literary Chinese I

This is an introductory course that provides students with the opportunity to learn the basics of Buddhist Literary Chinese in preparation for more in-depth study of Chinese Buddhist texts. The course assumes no knowledge of written or spoken Chinese. From the beginning of the course, students work with sentences from Buddhist texts, learning the characters, vocabulary, and grammar in context. Over the course of the semester the excerpts studied introduce new grammar and vocabulary and become progressively longer and more complex.

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